Pemberton's Habits of Happiness
By: Gage Pemberton
How I Live
"Work as hard as you would want someone else to work if it meant your success and happiness in life."
I live by these words because it reminds me that in order to get what you want from life, you have to put in the work. Nothing in this world comes free. If I were to sit back and watch someone else do my job to make money for me, I'd be making them work as hard as they could to make me successful. However, that isn't how life works. If I want success I have to put in the time and effort. If I want happiness I have to step up, find what makes me happy and work to make it happen. If I think that it will just come to me I will fall on my face and fail. Failure is not an option.
“If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.” -Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
The quote above is one of my favorite quotes. It is something that speaks volumes to me. What this Covey is saying is that no matter what situation you are in, no matter who is involved, the one thing you can control is you. This relates directly to my view on how to be successful. I believe that if you want something you have to go get it. It is the same concept here. You cannot be fully dependent on others, if you want something it up to you control what you can control. As I head off to college I see this quote having a major influence on me as I decide where I want to go, what I want to do, how I'm going to achieve it and how I will face adversity.
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About The Author
Gage is an English student in a regular senior class. He is wrote this to explain happiness and success to his readers.
Gage is involved with Soccer and Track at the school
Works as a Lifeguard over the summer